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Division of Rehabilitation-Education Services 

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A Message from the Dean 



The past several years have been a time of tremendous growth for the College of 
Applied Life Studies. The expansion of our research, teaching, and public en- 
gagement activities is enabling the College to achieve new levels of success. 
Funding from major granting agencies including the National Institutes of Health 
and the Social Security Administration is enabling the College to assume na- 
tional leadership in the study of two related but distinct areas of research: dis- 
ability and aging. 

Our recent scholarly and instructional successes have accentuated the need 
for new facilities, and the College and campus have responded by initiating 
remodeling projects for Huff and Freer Halls to accommodate sophisticated 
research labs and classroom space. In fact, an architectural rendering of a new 
state-of-the-art lecture auditorium that will be housed in Huff Hall appears 
within this issue of the newsletter. 

The addition of high-quality research and teaching facilities will certainly 
benefit our scholarly initiatives, but it will also allow us to accommodate our 
growing student enrollment levels. The undergraduate enrollment in ALS in- 
creased dramatically in the past decade (from 794 in Fall 1992 to 1,270 under- 
graduates in Fall 2002), and the academic qualifications of our students have 
steadily risen. 

Employment and career opportunities for ALS graduates are exceptional. 
The Occupational Outlook Handbook reports that employment opportunities in 
virtually every ALS field of study are growing faster than average. Clearly, the 
College of ALS is recruiting top-quality students and providing educational 
experiences that address pressing societal needs. 

A particular point of pride for the College of Applied Life Studies is its 
commitment to public engagement and the extension of scientific knowledge 
to real-world concerns. The Speech and Hearing Science Clinic, located at the 
corner of Sixth and Daniel in Champaign, is a full-service audiology and speech 
facility open to the public that treats over 300 people each year. In addition, the 
Division of Rehabilitation-Education Services with its distinguished history of 
leadership in post-secondary education served more than 550 students with 
disabilities this past year, a number that continues to increase each year. More- 
over, DRES has expanded their operation to provide ser- 
vices for students with psychological disabilities. You can 
read more about both programs in the pages that follow. 
It's an exciting time in the College of Applied Life 
Studies as we continue to expand, both in numbers and 
in the range of scholarship, instruction, and service that 
we are providing. I'd like to invite you back to campus to 
see these changes for yourself. We look forward to seeing 



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Dean Tanya M. Gallagher 



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Faculty Research profiles on 

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The University of Illinois at Urbana- 
Champaign is an equal opportunity, affirmative 
action institution. 

Dean: Tanya M. Gallagher 

Associate Dean: Ruth V. Watkins 

Assistant Dean: Kristi Bloom 

Assistant Dean for Development/ 

Alumni Relations: Sara Kelley 

Director of Budget & Resource 

Planning: Bill Goodman 

Director of ITAS: Amy Fahey 

Department and Unit Heads 

Community Health: Janet Reis 

Kinesiology: Wojtek Chodzko-Zajko 

Leisure Studies: Cary McDonald 

Speech and Hearing Science: . Ron Chambers 
Division of Rehabilitation-Education 

Services: Brad Hedrick 



Remodeling Underway at Huff and Freer Halls 



A wave of major grant successes in the College or Applied 
Life Studies has accentuated the critical need tor addi- 
tional academic space. To fulfill ALS's expanding academic 
and research needs, the swimming pool area at Huff Hall 
is being filled in, creating rwo floors and 8,000 square 
feet of additional space. The new area will house a 1 58- 
seat auditorium with state-of-the-art media capabilities, 
research laboratories and offices, and classroom and in- 
structional space. This modification of the existing build- 
ing space will facilitate the continued development of 
ALS's scholarly initiatives. 

Huff Hall was originally built in 1924 as the primary 
facility for U of I athletic competition. In 1927 an addi- 
tion was made to the south end of the building that housed 
a swimming pool, later known as the Manley Pool. As 
new facilities became available on campus, the use of Huff 
Hall as a competition facility diminished. The swimming 
pool has not been used for intercollegiate athletic compe- 
tition since the construction of the IMPE building in 
1971, and its use as a recreational swim facility has been 
limited in recent years. In the same period, the College of 
Applied Life Studies has undergone a restructuring to meet 
the needs of a modern curriculum, and the college's re- 
search efforts have grown placing a tremendous demand 
on facilities. 

Even though the interior of the south side of the build- 
ing is undergoing extensive renovation, the exterior facade 
(which was designed by James White and Charles Piatt 
in a Georgian Revival style) will remain unchanged. Con- 
struction is already underway and is scheduled for comple- 
tion in September 2003. 

Freer Hall, home of the department of Kinesiology, 
will also benefit from additional academic space through 




The south facade of Huff Hall will remain virtually unchanged 
during and after construction. Because of the buildings historical 
significance, construction crews are working to do as little exterior 
damage as possible by using only one window as a point of access for 
equipment and supplies. 



the remodeling of one of the building's two gymnasiums. 
Modern data collection laboratories and much-needed 
office space will be housed on the third floor in the space 
previously occupied by the north gym. Construction is 
scheduled to begin in September 2002 and is targeted for 
completion by the spring of 2003. 

The campus administration has been very supportive 
of these projects and is the primary source of financial 
support. The total budget for both projects is approxi- 
mately 3 million dollars. 




The first phase of construction at Huff Hall included the addition of 
chilled-water piping, which will allow the 78-year-old building to be 
retrofitted for central air conditioning. 



Architectural rendering of the new state-of-the-art lecture auditorium in Huff Hall. 



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Community 
Health 



Professor Explores Health Care Reform 




Community health professor Tom O'Rourke. 

According to Tom O'Rourke, professor of community 
health, the idea of health care reform hasn't lost its appeal 
among the American public. However, as a public policy 
issue, it is unlikely to become a high-priority item any- 
time soon. 

"Health-care reform still makes sense to most people, 
but the political climate is just not conducive to change 
at this time," O'Rourke said. And the players with the 



most at stake - not counting consumers - are unlikely to 
rally behind a new model, which O'Rourke says must be 
embraced before real change can occur. 

"In order to get anything going," O'Rourke said, "you 
still will need the four big actors behind you: the pur- 
chasers, both public and private, that supply the funds; 
the insurers, who receive the funds from the purchasers 
and reimburse the providers; the providers (hospitals, phy- 
sicians, nurses, nursing homes, pharmacies, etc.) that ren- 
der the services; and the suppliers, such as the 
pharmaceutical and medical supply industries." 

O'Rourke and colleague Nicholas Iammarino, profes- 
sor of kinesiology at Rice University, recently published 
their findings in "The Future of Health Care Reform in 
the United States: Lessons From Abroad," in the June 
issue of the British journal Expert Review of 
Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research. Among the 
other key issues — or lessons from abroad — cited by the 
researchers: 

J There is no evidence to suggest that significantly 
higher health-care expenditures are associated with 
either better outcomes or improved health status. 
Savings from administration and inappropriate care 
are sufficient to provide coverage for those Ameri- 
cans currently uninsured. 

i U.S. health-care administrative costs are 60 percent 
higher than in Canada and 97 percent higher than 
in the United Kingdom. 

i "Universal access and cost control can occur within 
the parameter of a mixed private/public delivery 
system. It does not imply or require government 
ownership or operation." 




Firkins Receives Campus Award 



Providing quality academic advising is a hallmark of the 
College of Applied Life Studies, and it is recognized across 
campus. We are especially proud that Carol Firkins, ad- 
visor in Community Health, was the 2002 recipient of 
the Campus Award for Excellence in Advising Under- 
graduate Students. 

As anyone who knows her can attest, Carol is much 
more than an advisor to undergraduate students in Com- 
munity Health. In addition to knowing rules and regula- 



tions, course prerequisites and degree requirements, she 
also knows how to be a mentor, a friend, and a confidant. 
Students consistently remark that they appreciate her pro- 
fessionalism, enthusiasm, encouragement, and her com- 
mitment to their education. In fact, many students have 
come to rely on Carol as their "mom away from home." 
The award is sponsored by the Office of the Provost and 
Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs. 
Congratulations, Carol! 






Students Honored with Florio and Hoyman Awards 



Three graduating students were honored at the first an- 
nual Community Health Awards Ceremony this past 
spring for their outstanding undergraduate performance. 
Jennifer Walk and Jessica M. Hayes received the A.E. 
"Joe" Florio Award, while Vanessa Brown received the 
Howard S. Hoyman Award. The awards are named for 
two emeriti professors in the department who made sig- 
nificant contributions to the field of health and safety 
during their professional years. Students receiving these 
awards are honored for their academic performance, con- 
tributions to departmental and university activities and 
their professional and personal development. 





Dr. Janet Reis with Vanessa Brown, the 2002 recipient of the 
Howard S. Hoyman Award. 



Read about medical students who are earning 
PhDs in Community Health on page 14. 



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Jennifer Walk and Jessica Hayes with Dr. Janet Reis. Jennifer and 
Jessica are the 2002 recipients of the A.E. Joe" Florio Award. 



Community Health Student Receives First Montaleone Award 



Lia Moss, a junior in the Department of Community 
Health at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 
has been selected as the first recipient of the Peter J. 
Montaleone Award. Ms. Moss, who is pursuing a degree 
in health administration and planning, was presented the 
award at a luncheon ceremony on March 25, 2002, at 
the Illini Union. 

Peter J. Montaleone was a noted educator and civic 
leader from Rockford, Illinois, who passed away in 1999. 
With the help of a student scholarship, he earned a 
bachelors degree from Northern Illinois University and a 
master's degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana- 
Champaign. He taught mathematics in the Rockford 
Public Schools for 33 years and communicated his love 
of learning to countless students. He served on the Rock- 
ford Planning Commission, the Rockford Library Board, 
and volunteered his time in numerous worthwhile causes 



including literacy programs 
and the Special Olympics 
program from its inception. 
As a tribute to their 
fathers distinguished career, 
Dr. Tanya Gallagher, dean of 
the College of Applied Life 
Studies, and her sister, Mrs. 
Mary Ann Tungate, created 
this award to support high- 
caliber students from Rock- 
ford who are in the College 
of Applied Life Studies. As 
one of several ALS students 
from the Rockford area, Ms. 
Moss's selection was based on 
her academic and personal achievements 




Dean Tanya Gallagher and Mary Ann Tungate present Lia Moss 
with the first Peter J. Montaleone Award. 



Fit Seniors React Quicker, Think Faster 



Dr. Charles Hillman in his laboratory at Freer Hall 



The senior citizen who swims, jogs, plays tennis or par- 
ticipates in some type of regular exercise program is likely 
to be better prepared to respond to situations requiring 
quick thinking than a peer who logs too much time in 
the recliner. 

So say researchers who examined the effects of physi- 
cal activity history on electrocortical indices of executive 

control in older adults. 

Kinesiology professor 
Charles Hillman pre- 
sented the results of the 
study in a paper titled 
"Aging, Physical Activity 
and Executive Control 
Function" at the annual 
conference of the Ameri- 
can College of Sports 
Medicine in St. Louis this 
past May. Co-authors 
| with Hillman are kinesi- 
f ology professor Edward 
* McAuley and psychology 
professor Arthur Kramer, 




and graduate students Artem Belopolsky and Erin Snook. 

In the study, the measured responses to neuro-electric 
stimuli among people in the "highly active older adults" 
group more closely resembled those of the younger adults 
than those of peers reporting exercise histories in the low 
or moderate range. The researchers also discovered mo- 
tor preparation differences among the participants. "We 
find that active and sedentary older adults differ in the 
way they select the correct response," Belopolsky said. 
"Results for physically active older adults indicate that 
they prepare more efficiently for a response than seden- 
tary older adults." 

Overall, Hillman said, the study shows that "increased 
amounts of physical activity affect cognitive functioning 
related to more effortful processing results in older adults." 
Or, in more simple terms: "Physical activity appears to be 
beneficial to older adults." 

Hillman, Kramer and McAuley are among a group of 
researchers collaborating in the University's newly estab- 
lished Initiative on Aging, an interdisciplinary program 
created to contribute to knowledge of the aging process, 
to improve the quality of life for the aging population, 
and to reduce healthcare costs for the aging. 



Conroy Receives Athletic Training Award 



Douglas E. Conroy (BS 78, Kinesiology) of Geneva, Il- 
linois, received the 2002 Illini Achievement Award at the 
Athletic Training Awards Banquet this past April. A na- 
tive of Oregon, Illinois, Doug is the owner and director 
of Conroy Orthopaedics & Sports in Flossmoor, Illinois. 
During the ceremony Doug spoke about the strength of 
his academic preparation as a kinesiology student and how 
it impacted his career. "Nearly 24 years ago, when I gradu- 
ated from the University of Illinois, I knew I had a very 
good education and was confident about moving on to 
the next step in my career," shared Doug. "What I didn't 
know then, but I know now, is just how many times, 
through the course of my career, that I would thank God 
for my experience at the University of Illinois." 




Al Martindale (left), head athletic trainer for DIA, and Rod 
Cardinal, associate athletic trainer for DIA (right), present Douglas 
Conroy with the Illini Achievement Award at the Athletic Training 
Awards Banquet this past April. 



Menopause Linked to Changes in Body Composition 



It's no secret that women begin to lose bone mass and 
density as they exit their childbearing years, but other 
changes in body composition associated with menopause 
may trigger additional health problems, says kinesiology 
proressor Ellen Evans. 

"The risk of osteoporosis in the postmenopausal 
woman is well characterized," said Evans, whose research 
focuses on body composition and disease prevention in 
the elderly. "But just as problematic, if not more so, she 
said, are health risks — such as diabetes and heart disease — 
associated with obesity in menopausal women. And since 
the nations population of postmenopausal women is ex- 
pected to double by 2025, Evans said, the implications 
are profound. 

"Seventy percent of women age 45-54 are overweight 
or obese," said the Illinois researcher. 

"Before age 50, the majority of women tend to slowly 
increase their weight, whereas after menopause there ap- 
pears to be an accelerated increase in fat mass and a change 
in preferential fat storage to a central — that is, abdomi- 
nal — location." 

Those facts have caused Evans and other researchers 
to ponder the obvious question: "Is it age, or menopause?" 




"Only recently emerg- 
ing in the scientific litera- 
ture is the finding that 
menopausal transition 
produces a detrimental 
change in body composi- 
tion both in terms of 
overall body fatness and 
body-fat distribution," 
Evans said. "If decreases 
in sex steroid concentra- 
tions influence body 
composition, the meta- 
bolic impact may explain 
why a woman's risk for 
diabetes and heart disease 
increases after meno- 
pause." 

In the study, Evans and her colleagues found that post- 
menopausal women with higher levels of trunk fat may 
be at an increased risk for type 2 diabetes mellitus and 
cardiovascular disease, whereas leg fat appears to confer 
protective effects against metabolic dysfunction. 



Ellen Evans, professor of kinesiology, says changes in body composition 
associated with menopause may trigger additional health problems 
for women. 



Craber Visits Leaders in Washington 




Kim Graber and Tommy Thompson, Secretary for Health and 
Human Services, in front of the Health and Human Services 
Building in Washington, D. C. 



On May 1, Kim Graber, associate professor and presi- 
dent of the National Association for Sport and Physical 
Education, traveled to Washington, D.C., for National 
Physical Education and Sport Day. 

During her visit Dr. Graber served as the primary 
speaker during a national radio tour that reached mil- 
lions of listeners throughout the nation. She visited with 
key congressional leaders and participated in a media event 
that featured Tommy Thompson, Secretary for Health 
and Human Services; Rod Paige, Secretary of Education; 
and celebrities such as Martina Navratilova and Domin- 
ique Dawes. The event was sponsored by the National 
Association for Sport and Physical Education, PE4LIFE, 
and the Sporting Goods Manufacturing Association. 



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Read about a Kinesiology alumnus who is designing innovative 
products you probably use on a regular basis on page 1 



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Leisure Studies Crad Heads Bears' Ticket Office 




Ian McCoy is the senior ticket sales representative for 
the Chicago Bears' Champaign ticket office. 



The Chicago Bears are making Champaign their home 
this season, and a Leisure Studies alumnus has been work- 
ing since January to promote the team and handle group 
ticket sales. Ian McCoy, a 1999 Leisure Studies graduate 
with a degree in Sports Management, is the senior ticket 
sales representative for the Bears. He 
has opened an office on Fox Drive in 
Champaign where he oversees a staff 
of about 10, many of whom are in- 
terns in the Sports Management pro- 
gram in the Department of Leisure 
Studies. 

Before accepting his position with 
the Bears, Ian worked for the Chi- 
cago Wolves hockey organization 
where he made contacts with a num- 
ber of professional sports teams, in- 
cluding the Bears. After completing 
a semester of graduate school at the 
University of Florida, he was asked 
by the Bears to return to Illinois to 
run their Champaign ticket sales of- 
fice. As part of the team's regional 
marketing strategy, Ian and his staff 
have visited a number of central Illi- 
nois and western Indiana communities to promote the 
club, making presentations to civic groups and distribut- 
ing information at business expos or community events. 
The Bears also have ticket offices at Soldier Field and in 
Lake Forest, but Ian is the pri- 
mary downstate "go-to" man 
when it comes to ticket sales, 
and he has been the first point 
of contact for many local news 
organizations that are covering the Bears. 

Joining Ian at the Champaign ticket office is Adam 
O'Reilly, who graduated with a degree in Sports Man- 
agement in May 2002. Adam started working for Ian in 
January as an intern, and he accepted an offer to stay on 
with the Bears organization when he graduated. In addi- 
tion, a number of Leisure Studies students are working as 
interns for the Bears at the Champaign sales office, in- 




Adam O'Reilly graduated in May 2002 with a degree in Sports 
Management and is now working for the Chicago Bears. 



eluding Jason Pergande, Ildegardo Esparza, Reginald Con- 
stant, Becki Kasper, Pat Riley, and Scott Wessel. 

"Their jobs involve more than simply taking ticket 
orders," explains McCoy. "Sports management entails 
community and corporate relations, marketing, advertis- 
ing, promotion, and customer service. Working here for 
the Bears, students get exposure to various facets of the 
business of promoting a professional sports team. It's great 

experience." And that expe- 
rience is practical in settings 
beyond professional sports 
organizations as well. "The 
things they learn here — 
about promotions, sales, 
marketing, and especially community relations — are just 
as relevant at the community level in park districts or 
YMCAs," explains McCoy. "I'm glad that I've got a local 
pool of people who are interested in this line of work. It 
certainly helps us in our efforts to promote ticket sales." 
The Bears opened their regular season in Champaign 
on September 8 against the Minnesota Vikings. 



NFL Presence in Champaign 
Provides Opportunities for Students 



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The Chicago Bears' presence in 
Champaign this season is providing 
valuable internship opportunities for 
undergraduates in Leisure Studies' 
Sports Management program. 
Pictured left to right are Ian McCoy 
(BS '99), Reginald Constant, 
Ildegardo Esparza, Becki Kasper, Pat 
Riley, Adam O'Reilly (BS '02), and 
Jason Pergande. 



Gardens Can Bridge Caps in Communities 



As interest in community gardening continues to flour- 
ish in many urban areas, researchers in the Department 
of Leisure Studies suspect participants are reaping far more 
than just fresh, homegrown vegetables. 

Professors Troy Glover and Kimberly Shinew, along 
with graduate student Diana Parry, are doing some dig- 
ging of their own, mining data collected in the metro- 
politan St. Louis area to determine whether community 
gardens there are serving as bridges between the racially 
diverse groups that weed, hoe, and harvest side by side. 

"Among the things we were interested in," Shinew said, 
"was what impact participation in community gardening 
was having on residents' sense of community — their sense 
of belonging to groups, and whether or not there was 
interracial interaction in leisure situations among groups 
that might not otherwise experience much interracial in- 
teraction." 

Among their preliminary findings: 

2 Both African Americans and Caucasians reported a 
fairly high level of identification with their garden, 
and were interested in what others thought of their 
gardens. 

S There was agreement among both groups that their 
neighborhood was a good place to live; they felt 
comfortable in their neighborhood, and expected to 
live there a long time. 

| Both groups reported similar motivations for 
becoming involved in community gardening, 




Troy Glover and Kimberly Shinew are studying whether community gardens serve as br 
racially diverse groups. 



including to "improve my neighborhood," "enjoy 
nature," and "relax." 

: Both groups indicated support for the statements, 
"Community gardening brings together people who 
belong to different racial groups," and "Community 
gardening brings together people who wouldn't 
normally socialize together." 



Tourism Class Explores African American Heritage 



a new undergraduate seminar. Students in Wicks' tour- 
ism development course are tackling a project on "Afri- 
can American heritage tourism," exploring the tourism 
potential of sites in East St. Louis and 14 nearby coun- 
ties. The class is contributing to the initial development 
phase of a three-year plan funded by the Illinois Bureau 
of Tourism and led by Ann Walker of the East St. Louis- 
based group "Trails and Legacies." 

"Students are looking at the role of African Americans 
in that part of the state," Wicks said, from pivotal figures 
and places in the underground railroad movement to more 
contemporary history-makers such as jazzman Miles Davis 
and track star Jackie Joyner-Kersee. Students are focusing 
on tourism development, infrastructure, site development 
and promotion, and "will be spending a lot of time as- 
sessing resources . . . things like figuring out how to get to 
the sites from the highway." 




Bruce Wicks has developed a course that explores the tourism 
potential of African American communities. 



Bruce Wicks, professor of leisure studies, and his students 
are taking an outside-of-the-box approach to learning in 






Speech and 

Hearing 

Science 



Bringing Medical Advancements to China 




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TheSmileTrain 




Wie Tian and Dr. David Kuehn at the Smile 
Train Symposium in China. 



Professor David Kuehn and doctoral student Wei Tian 
in the Department of Speech and Hearing Science par- 
ticipated as invited speakers at the first Smile Train Sym- 
posium on Principles of Speech-Language Pathology for 
Children with Cleft Lip and Palate, which was held in 
Qingdao, China, June 7-9, 2002. The Smile Train is an 
international charity organization dedicated 
to helping children born with cleft lip and 
palate. The organization provides free sur- 
gery for children born with the cleft defect 
and free training for specialists who deal 
with this birth disorder. 

Over 200 participants took part in the 
2-day general symposium in Qingdao and 
the maximum of 50 were trained during 
the intensive workshop on the third day. 
For the first time in China, it brought to- 
gether several of the top experts in cleft 
speech-language pathology, including Pro- 
fessor Kuehn, several others from the 
United States, and experts in Chinese 
speech-language pathology from Taiwan. 



About 80 percent of the participants were surgeons 
and the remaining participants included nurses, teachers, 
and other hospital staff. Roughly half of the participants 
had some experience in providing speech therapy although 
in most cases it was very limited. Because there is no for- 
mal discipline of speech-language pathology in China as 
there is in the United States, the program caused a com- 
plete paradigm shift among the participants, who learned 
that surgically closing a cleft in the palate is not enough 
and that pre- and post-surgery speech and language care 
is a necessity in most cases. 

The symposium speakers addressed basic knowledge 
about speech in general and speech therapy practices. The 
area of most concern to many of the speakers was that 
some people in China who are considered "experts in 
speech" are perpetuating techniques that are scientifically 
known to be ineffective in treating speech disorders asso- 
ciated with cleft palate. Therefore, a major accomplish- 
ment of the conference was to dispel some of these 
ineffective treatment approaches and to lay the ground- 
work for future advancements in treating individuals with 
speech disorders related to cleft palate in China. 



Yairis Establish New Graduate Award 



Dr. Ehud Yairi, professor of speech and hearing science, 
and his wife, Janie, have established a new award to en- 
courage and support doctoral students in Speech and 
Hearing Science. The Ehud and Janie Yairi International 
Graduate Student Award recognizes outstanding interna- 
tional doctoral students who are enrolled in the depart- 
ment. 

"The field of Speech and Hearing Science has dispro- 
portionately produced research conducted here in the 
United States," said Janie Yairi. "The scope and quality 
of our knowledge base could be greatly enhanced by ad- 
ditional contributions from abroad." 

Through the establishment of the award, the Yairis 
are encouraging students from other countries to over- 
come the unique challenges they face when studying in 
the United States, such as the cultural and psychological 
adjustment of being away from home, and language dif- 
ficulties if the student's native language is not English. 

"We are all enriched and rewarded when American 
students and faculty mix with students and faculty com- 
ing from other countries," said Janie. "Stereotypes and 
biases on all sides diminish and international coopera- 
tion is fostered." 

Ishara Ramkissoon, from South Africa, was the first 
recipient of the award, which was presented to her at the 



Speech and Hearing Science Student Awards Program on 
April 11, 2002. 

"Janie and Ehud's gift is a wonderful testimony to their 
generosity and their commitment to our international 
graduate students in speech and hearing science," said 
Dean Tanya Gallagher. "It is especially gratifying to know 
that through this endowed fund, students like Ishara 
Ramkissoon will be recognized and supported for years 
to come." 




Janie Yairi and Dr. Ehud Yairi present Ishara Ramkissoon of South 
Africa with the first Ehud and Janie Yairi International Graduate 
Student Award. 



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Echols-Chambers Named Fellow of ASHA 



Lou Echols-Chambers, director or Clinical Services in 
the Department of Speech and Hearing Science, has been 
elected a Fellow of the American Speech-Language Hear- 
ing Association (ASHA). Fellowship in ASHA recognizes 
an individual's accomplishments and represents a public- 
declaration of outstanding professional achievement. The 
award of Fellow is conferred in recognition of exceptional 
professional or scientific contributions to the field that 
are influential beyond one's own community and state. 

Ms. Echols-Chambers has been instrumental in de- 
veloping the audiology clinic at the University of Illinois 
not only as an excellent training facility for students but 
also as a first-class public service agency that meets the 



needs of the rich fabric of the regional population, from 
infant to senior citizens and from college students to in- 
dustrial workers. A professional colleague states, "Lou is 
a superb clinician who possesses vast stores of clinical 
knowledge and insight. Her mastery of recent advance- 
ments in the field, superior diagnostic skills, use of effec- 
tive aural rehabilitation techniques, sensitivity in 
counseling, and caring for patients converge to make her 
not only an excellent audiologist, but an exceptional one." 
Many of Ms. Echols-Chambers' former students are serv- 
ing in key positions in various medical and other centers 
across the country. 




Speech and Hearing Clinic Serves Public, Advances Research 






The University of Illinois is home to one of the most 
successful speech and hearing education and research 
programs in the nation. The Speech and Hearing 
Clinic, located at Sixth and Daniel in Champaign and 
directed by Lou Echols-Chambers, is embedded in the 
teaching and research of the department. In addition, 
the clinic is the primary vehicle of the departments 
public service. 

The clinic has three broad missions, serving as: 

A teaching lab for U of I students studying audiol- 
ogy and speech pathology, 

A research facility for U of I faculty and students, 
and 

A public clinic treating patients with speech and 
hearing disorders 



The clinic is open to the pub- 
lic, and every year it treats about 
250 to 350 people between the 
audiology and speech language 
pathology programs. The facil- 
ity charges a market rate for its 
services, and most referrals come 
from word of mouth and area 

doctors. The clinic also contracts to provide hearing and 
speech services in area schools. The facility is open year- 
round, spring breaks included. Research conducted in the 
clinic ranges from hearing loss to dysphagia (swallowing 
disorders) and includes internationally known programs 
such as Professor Ehud Yairi's research on stuttering. 




Local NSSLHA Chapter Earns 
Recognition 

The local chapter of the National Student Speech 
Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA) received 
one of theTIS Outstanding Student Organization 
Awards for 2002. The award, selected by the Of- 
fice of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, rec- 
ognizes and honors outstanding student 
organizations that contribute to the quality of life 
on campus and to the total educational environ- 
ment. Along with the award, NSSLHA received a 
monetary gift that they will use towards the estab- 
lishment of scholarships or travel grants for mem- 
bers of the local chapter to help defray the cost of 
attending conferences to encourage professional de- 
velopment. 



Elaine Paden Award 
Established 



Brent Gregg received the first 
Elaine Paden Award at the 
Speech and Hearing Science 
Student Awards program in 
April. Dr. Elaine Paden, who 
served on the faculty from 
1952 to 1983, is known na- 
tionally for her pioneering 
work in phonology and the 
award recognizes outstand- 
ing students who conduct re- 
search in this area. The award 
was established through gifts 
from former students and 
colleagues of Dr. Paden. 




Professor Emerita Elaine 
Paden with Brent Gregg at the 
Speech and Hearing Science 
Student Awards Program. 



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Division of 
Rehabilitation- 
Education 
Services 



Morse Inducted into Hall of Fame 






Marty Morse 



Marty Morse, the Wheelchair Track and Field coach at 
the University of Illinois, joined an elite group of less than 
a hundred who have been inducted into the Wheelchair 
Sports USA Hall of Fame. For over twenty years as a coach, 
writer, researcher, and an instructor, Morse has advanced 

the training techniques of 
athletes and coaches to 
unprecedented heights. 
His professional work in 
the lab as well as in the 
field is world renown. His 
clinics for novice athletes 
and coaches are legendary, 
and the list of elite ath- 
letes he has coached over 
the years is extraordinar- 
ily impressive. 

Sports have always 
played a prominent role 
in Morse's life. During his 
youth in Massachusetts 
he engaged in a variety of 




competitive sports. After sustaining a spinal-cord injury, 
he enrolled at the University of Illinois, already known as 
a mecca for wheelchair sports. Although Morse competed 
with the University of Illinois Wheelchair Track and Field 
Team in national competition and on the U.S. Team in 
international events, his involvement as a non-competi- 
tor at the University Rehabilitation Education Center is 
his claim to fame in wheelchair sports. 

In 1992, Morse was named head coach for the U.S. 
Women's Wheelchair Track and Field Team for the 
Barcelona Paralympics. He was the assistant coach for the 
U.S. Wheelchair Track and Field Team at the Stoke- 
Mandeville Games in England and served as head coach 
for the American Delegation at the Goodwill Games in 
1990 and 1991. In 1989, he was the head coach for the 
800m women's and 1500m men's wheelchair events at 
the United States Olympic Festival. At the Seoul, Korea, 
Paralympics in 1988, Morse was the head coach for the 
USA Wheelchair Long Distance Racing Team and assis- 
tant coach for the USA Wheelchair Track and Field Team. 
Morse has also served on many WSUSA committees dur- 
ing his career. 









Psychological Services Now Offered at DRES 



In 1979, DRES had only one registered student with a 
learning disability who was receiving disability-related aca- 
demic modifications or auxiliary aids and services. Over 
the ensuing 23 years, however, that number has grown to 
nearly 1 50 students. In addition, the number of students 
with attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder, brain trauma, 
and psychiatric disabilities requesting disability support 
services has also grown substantially during the previous 
decade. Given the large growth in the number of stu- 
dents with cognitive and psychiatric disabilities, DRES is 
pleased to have on staff a clinical psychologist who spe- 
cializes in working with students with learning disabili- 
ties, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, and various 
psychiatric disabilities. 

Dr. Kim Collins, a licensed clinical psychologist with 
a specialization in rehabilitation, directs these services, 
which include academic skills training, academic accom- 
modations, and specialized executive skills coaching pro- 
grams. In addition, she has instituted a collaborative 
screening and neuropsychological evaluation process for 
students with undiagnosed disabilities who are at risk of 



failing due to the absence of 
reasonable academic accom- 
modations. 

Short-term supportive 
therapy, crisis management, 
and consultation are avail- 
able to all UIUC students 
with disabilities. DRES now 
provides two support groups, 
one for students with atten- 
tion-deficit/hyperactivity 
disorder and/or learning dis- 
abilities and a second group 

for students with psychiatric disabilities. These support 
groups meet on a regular basis and provide students with 
support, social interaction, and problem-solving strate- 
gies. Academic consultation and screening are also offered 
for any UIUC student who is experiencing difficulty with 
academic course work and suspects that he or she may 
have a cognitive disability. 




Dr. Kim Collins 



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DRES Says Goodbye to Two Longtime Staff 



Two ok the most familiar faces at DRES are retiring this 
fall alter years of outstanding service. Nancy Mansfield 
started her career at the University of Illinois in 1976 in 
the College of Education. The following year she trans- 
ferred to DRES, where she has been the "right hand" of 
every director since Tim Nugent, the programs founder 
and director for its first 36 years. During her first six years 
of service she served as administrative secretary to Dr. 
Nugent and upon his retirement she served in a similar 
capacity for Professor Joseph Larsen. During this period 
Nancy became an advocate for students with disabilities, 
committed to the fulfillment of DRES's mission to af- 
ford students with disabilities access to the academic and 
extracurricular resources of the University equal to that 
provided non-disabled students. In 1989, in response to 
Dr. Larsen s death and with Dr. Warwick Armstrong serv- 
ing as half-time interim director she stepped forward to 
fill the void by assuming many of the administrative re- 
sponsibilities related to personnel, budget management, 
and communications. As DRES director Brad Hedrick 
noted, "Nancy has provided the glue that has held DRES 
together for many years." 

In her retirement, Nancy says she is looking forward 
to flower gardening, traveling, and "staying up all night 
to read a good mystery knowing I don't have to go to 
work the next morning." She also looks forward to spend- 
ing more time with her husband Rick and their children, 
Bryan and Rebecca. 

John Kamradt began his employment with DRES in 
late summer of 1969 as a properties technician in the 
DRES Repair Shop after serving two years in the U. S. 
Navy as a Divisional Petty Officer. At that time, many of 
the durable medical goods products used by persons with 
disabilities today were not readily available in the private 
market; therefore, it was his task to design and fabricate 
such items in the DRES Repair Shop. 

In 1973, John became supervisor of Facilities, Equip- 
ment, and Transportation, a position he has held ever 




John Kamradt and Nancy Mansfield, two of the most familiar faces 
at DRES, are retiring this fall. 



since. In this role, John 
oversaw the Division's ac- 
cessible transportation 
system, coordinated the 
facility requirements of 
the Rehabilitation-Edu- 
cation Center and 
Beckwith Hall, and 
worked closely with 
UIUC administration to 
identify and resolve archi- 
tectural design barriers 
across campus. John has 
made presentations to 
various campus entities 
including sensitivity 
training of the diverse 
campus populations and 
has spoken to many 

classes such as Agricultural Engineering, Rehabilitation 
Administration, and the School of Architecture to name 
a few. Most recently, he coordinated the process whereby 
the Repair Shop services were outsourced to Pulmocare 
Medical Supply, and he successfully completed the re- 
plenishment of an aging DRES bus fleet with the deliv- 
ery of three new Amtran buses. For three decades, the 
staff, students, and friends of the Division have been able 
to rely upon John's sincere good nature, sense of humor, 
and commitment to improving the lives and circumstances 
of persons with disabilities. 

"The Division has been greatly advantaged in its mis- 
sion to support the educational needs of students with 
disabilities by their generosity and the quality of their 
work," said Brad Hedrick. "With their retirement ap- 
proaching, all who know them understand that we may 
hire a new administrative aide and a new transportation 
supervisor, but we will not replace Nancy Mansfield and 
John Kamradt." 



Read about 

DRES's 

partnership 

with a major 

Fortune 500 

company on 

page 16. 



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PowerPoint Plug-In Developed at DRES 



Jon Gunderson, coordinator of Assistive Communica- 
tion and Information Technology, has teamed with Shi 
Chao Zhangh to develop a new plug-in for Microsoft 
PowerPoint that allows users with visual disabilities to take 
advantage of the program's ability to publish presenta- 
tions as an HTML document. The HTML created by 
PowerPoint uses frames and JavaScript, which many 
people with disabilities cannot access. In addition, it does 
not mark up tables correctly or provide alternative text 



for people who cannot see pictures. The PowerPoint Ac- 
cessibility Wizard simplifies the task of converting 
PowerPoint presentations to HTML through an easy-to- 
use user interface, and automates much of the conversion 
of PowerPoint presentations to an HTML format that 
includes required accessibility information. 

Jon Gunderson (right) 




13 



Program Offers Flexibility for ALS 'Physician Scholars'' 



continued 



Everyone knows that medical school is challenging, but 
combining a medical degree with a PhD requires a rare 
focus and commitment. The College of Applied Life Stud- 
ies is proud to have a number of students who are meet- 
ing this challenge through a program administered by the 
U of I College of Medicine in Champaign-Urbana. The 
Medical Scholars Program (MSP), one of the most unique 
MD/PhD and MD/JD programs in the country, is aimed 
at producing "physician-scholars" by allowing students 
the flexibility to earn medical degrees and doctorates in 
diverse fields at the same time. 

Dr. Jenny Bloom (MS '90, Kinesiology), the associate 
director of the MSP, points out that the flexibility and 
diversity of the program set it apart from other dual-de- 
gree programs. "Our program is the only MD/PhD pro- 
gram that allows students to couple a medical degree with 
a doctorate in a field outside the biomedical sciences," 
she said. "And a number of students have taken advan- 
tage of this flexibility by coupling their medical degrees 
with PhDs in Community Health and Speech and Hear- 
ing Science in the College of Applied Life Studies." 

For Sandy Ettema (BS '91, MS '93, PhD '99, Speech 
and Hearing Science), who graduated in May 2002 with 
a medical degree in addition to a PhD in Speech and 
Hearing Science, the Medical Scholars Program was per- 
fect. It was the only way she could combine a medical 
degree with a doctorate that focused on the Speech and 
Hearing Science research that interests her most. During 
her tenure as an undergraduate student she became inter- 
ested in cleft lip and palate and made a number of trips to 
places like the Philippines, Brazil, and Mexico as part of 
Operation Rainbow, a humanitarian effort to repair cleft 




palates of poor 
children in those 
countries. When it 
came time to select 
a medical school, 
the MSP was the 
natural choice be- 
cause it allowed her 
to continue her re- 
search in Speech 
and Hearing Sci- 
ence. Sandy is do- 
ing her residency at 
the Medical Col- 
lege of Wisconsin 
in Milwaukee. The 
Wisconsin hospital 
has a strong re- 
search focus that 
will allow her to 
continue work on 




Sandy Ettema (BS '91, MS '93, PhD '99, 
Speech and Hearing Science; MD '02) 
and Jenny Bloom (MS 90, Kinesiology) 
at the commencement ceremony for the 
Medical Scholars Program this past May. 
Ettema received a medical degree and a 
PhD in Speech and Hearing Science, and 
Bloom is the associate director of the 
Medical Scholars Program. 



Mickey Trockel and Elena Rhoads are currently enrolled in the 
Medical Scholars Program, where they are pursuing a medical degree 
and a PhD in Community Health. They are shown taking a break 
from their duties at the Francis Nelson Community Health Center in 
Champaign where they volunteer as translators. 



computer models 

she's been developing using MRI to help doctors better 

treat problems like cleft palate. 

The Department of Community Health has several 
students pursuing joint doctoral degrees as well, among 
them Cinthia Deye, Mickey Trockel, Russell Horwitz, and 
Elena Rhoads. For them, the appeal of the MSP was the 
flexibility to couple a medical degree with a PhD in a 
field they are passionate about. 

For Cinthia Deye, that passion is the disparity of 
healthcare options among minority populations. She first 
became interested in healthcare disparities when her family 
hosted an exchange student who was diagnosed with in- 
testinal parasites caused by drinking contaminated water 
from his home in Indonesia. He was prescribed a medi- 
cine that Cinthia had used on her dogs to fight heart- 
worms. "I felt it was unfair and unjust that our dogs had 
better health care than people in some regions of the world. 
At that moment, I had an inkling of the understanding 
of the disparities in health across the world." The MSP 
was the one program that allowed her to couple her inter- 
est in healthcare disparities with a medical degree. "Other 
schools did not have such a program available because 
most MD/PhD programs only work with laboratory or 
biological science departments. My other option would 
have been simply to do each degree separately, which 
would have been disjointed and probably put me into 
deep financial debt." 

The financial burdens upon students in medical school 
can be a strain, but external funding is available, and two 
students in Community Health have been awarded pres- 



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tigious National Institutes ot Health (NIH) fellowships. 
Russell Horwitz received funding from the National In- 
stitute on Drug Abuse for his research on the informed- 
consent process, and Mickey Trockel received funding 
from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alco- 
holism tor his work on second-hand consequences of al- 
cohol use among college students. And while the flexibility 
ot the Medical Scholars Program was appealing in that it 
allowed them to pursue their research interests, both are 
quick to point out that there are no shortcuts in the cur- 
riculum. "A significant factor that separates the MSP pro- 
gram from some of the other MD/PhD programs is that 
the PhD part of the MSP experience is not watered down. 
nor is it moved from a normal PhD track to make it more 
clinically oriented," said Trockel. Horwitz agreed, "The 
MSP is unique from other MD/PhD programs in the 
country as the MD and PhD degrees are kept completely 



separate. 1 will go through the entire medical school cur- 
riculum, as any other student who is solely studying medi- 
cine, and I will complete all coursework and the 
dissertation requirement of the PhD program as well." 

For all the challenges involved in earning a medical 
degree and a PhD degree simultaneously, the students 
agree that the option to combine the MD with a doctor- 
ate in a field that you are truly passionate about goes a 
long way towards making the program less intimidating, 
more exciting, and eminently doable. 

"I get such enjoyment from studying something that 
truly interests me," said Elena Pvhoads, who is research- 
ing how to prevent gestational diabetes in Latinas. "It is 
exciting to think that I can contribute something to the 
healthcare field. The PhD students in our department 
are luck)' in that they determine what they study, and this 
makes the whole experience much more enjoyable." 




Russell Horwitz 







Fall 2002 Events 

Friday, September 1 3 
Saturday, October 12 

Friday, October 25 
October 25-26 



Saturday, October 26 



Friday, November 15 



Shannon Morrisey, a junior in Leisure Studies, and 
her mother meet with Associate Dean Ruth Watkins 
at the Mom's Day Brunch and Information Session 
on April 13, 2002. The session was held at Peabody 
Private Dining Hall and featured presentations by fac- 
ulty and advisors about the ALS curriculum and what 
students can expect at the University of Illinois. The 
session is one way ALS helps to ensure students get 
the most from their college experience. 



Leisure Studies Advisory Board Meeting. For more information contact Cary 
McDonald at 217/333-4410 

Physical Education for Women Class of '72 Reunion. 9:00 a.m., Huff! 
Alumnae will gather for pre-game party and walking tour of Freer Hall. For 
more information contact 217/244-6600. 

ALS Alumni Board Meeting. 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Huff Hall. For more 
information contact Sara Kelley at 217/244-6600. 

The class of '52 will gather on campus to celebrate their 50th reunion. For 
more information contact the University of Illinois Alumni Association at 
217/333-1471. 



Homecoming Pre-Game Part)'. 1 1:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Join fellow alumni for 
homecoming in the courtyard of the Division of Rehabilitation-Education 
Services, 1207 S. Oak St., Champaign. (One block northwest of Memorial 

Stadium.) For more information contact 217/244-6600. 

Delta Sigma Omicron Awards Banquet. 6:00 p.m. at the Chancellor Hotel in 
Champaign. For reservations, contact 217/333-4606. 



15 



College 

News 



continued 



DRI Symposium at National Press Club 



The Disability Research Institute (DRI) held its annual 
symposium in our nations capitol on June 6, 2002. Schol- 
ars and policy analysts from around the country convened 
at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., to dis- 
cuss current and future research aimed at informing policy 
decisions by the U.S. Social Security Administration. The 
theme of the symposium was "SSA Disability Benefits: 
Apply, Qualify. . .Return to Work," which reflects the in- 
terest in current research on the implications of promot- 
ing "return to work" options for Social Security disability 
benefit recipients. 

United States Representative Timothy Johnson, of the 
Illinois 15 th congressional district, attended the sympo- 
sium and addressed the participants. "By studying the 
impact of the Social Security Administration's income 
programs and return-to-work options, we will ensure that 
all of our citizens receive the services they need to live 
long, healthy lives," he said. "The Institute and the Uni- 
versity of Illinois' work in the field of research is a valu- 
able tool not only for our state, but for the nation as a 
whole. I appreciate the services that you provide and the 
nationwide model you have become." 

Representative Johnson also read a message from 
Speaker of the House Dennis Hasten, which said, "The 
Disability Reseat ch Institute at the Univetsity of Illinois 
at Urbana-Champaign has been a great resource, not only 
to the State of Illinois, but also to our entire nation. Your 
service to our citizens, our researchers, and the Social Se- 
curity Administration has been unparalleled and has al- 
lowed us to ensure that all of our citizens, specifically the 




Dean Tanya Gallagher and Chrisann Schiro-Geist meet with 
Representative Timothy Johnson during the annual DRI symposium 
in Washington, D. C. 



disabled, are receiving the best possible assistance from 
our government. I look forward to working with you in 
the future to ensure that the Disability Research Institute 
is able to expand and continue its important research on 
the disability programs of the Social Security Adminis- 
tration." 

The DRI, which is funded by a five-year, $5.25 mil- 
lion grant from SSAs Office of Research, Evaluation & 
Statistics and housed in the College of Applied Life Stud- 
ies at Illinois, was established in 2001 to assist SSA in 
determining the impact of its disability-income programs 
on the lives of applicants and recipients. 



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DRES Teams With Procter & Gamble 



The Division of Rehabilitation-Education Services is join- 
ing forces with Procter & Gamble to improve the 
company's recruitment and retention of employees with 
disabilities. The University of Illinois is one of five tar- 
geted recruitment sites for the company, and they are col- 
laborating with DRES to improve employment 
opportunities for persons with disabilities. DRES will pro- 
vide conference space as required to accommodate inter- 
views and will help Procter & Gamble identify qualified 
students, assist in scheduling interviews, and consult with 
Procter & Gamble as needed to identify and implement 
individual job-site accommodations for U of I interns or 



prospective employees. Procter & Gamble is supporting 
the U of I with a cash gift through the U of I Departmen- 
tal Grant Program, a portion of which has been allocated 
to DRES. 

"Recruiting and hiring workers with disabilities has 
become a priority for us," said Michael Gartner, associate 
director of North America FemCare, a division of Procter 
& Gamble. "Hiring workers with disabilities enriches the 
P & G culture and is part of a winning business strategy, 
and we are very pleased to enter this partnership with the 
University of Illinois and the Division of Rehabilitation- 
Education Services." 



The Shape of Things to Come 

Kinesiology Alumnus Expert on Product Design 



A kinesiology alumnus is responsible for the design of 
some of the most popular and easy-to-use products on 
the market. Bryce Rutter (MFA '81, Industrial Design; 
PhD '87, Kinesiology) is the owner and founder of 
Metaphase Design Group Inc. in Clayton, Missouri. He 
has worked with a number of Fortune 500 companies 
and has had a hand in designing products ranging from 
the Microsoft Intellimouse to Oral B toothbrushes and 
easy-to-grip Gatorade bottles. 

While earning his PhD, Rutter learned that 95 per- 
cent of the time we use our hands in the things we do. 
The combination of his degree in kinesiology (the study 
of human movement) with his background in industrial 
design led to his interest in finding ways to make prod- 
ucts ergonomically sound. His company has laboratories 
in the basement of their building, where they videotape 
people operating machinery or using products from a 
variety of angles. For instance, they videotaped 75 con- 
sumers brushing their teeth and found there are five dif- 
ferent ways people grip their toothbrush. Applying this 
research to product design, the result is a rubber grip zone 
for fingertips, as well as a secondary grip area. Other cli- 
ents include John Deere, the farm equipment manufac- 
turer, who contacted Metaphase to see how a driver uses 
hand systems to run a bulldozer, and Allegro Cookware, 
who called on Metaphase to help them design their pots 
and pans. The cookware is now featured on the QVC 
network and brought in $25 million in sales in the first 
six months of its release. Another producr, a pen-type 
glucose testing device used by individuals with diabetes 
called Mircrolet, was designed for Bayer Co. and received 
the "Design of the Decade Award" from Business Week, 
one of only 36 products listed. 

Rutter grew up outside of Toronto and spent two years 
in the architectural field before getting a bachelor's de- 
gree from Carlton University in Ontario, Canada. He re- 
ceived a Design Canada scholarship and went to the 
University of Illinois where he earned a master's degree in 
industrial design. He then received another stipend from 
Design Canada to return to the U of I to pursue a PhD in 
kinesiology. 

Since September 1 1 , Metaphase has been working with 
more items that emphasize security. "Comfort is high on 
the list today," Rutter said. "People have been staying home 
more and want products that are secure and the seal has 
not been tampered with. The packaging, however, must 
be attractive and cost-effective." 

Bryce Rutter provides an example of the innovative 
and influential professional achievements of ALS gradu- 
ates. Congratulations, Bryce! 




Bryce Rutter knows your hand like the back of his own hand. Rutter has designed many familiar 
products that are easy-to-use and ergonomically sound by coupling his background in kinesiology with 
industrial design. 



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Class 



Notes 





William W. Biberstein (BS '97; 
MS '99, Kinesiology) of Orono, 
Maine, was named Head Strength 
and Conditioning Coach at the Uni- 
versity of Maine. Biberstein previ- 
ously served as Head Strength and 
Conditioning Coach at Eastern Illi- 
nois University since 1999 where he 
developed rhe initial strength and 
conditioning program and designed, 
implemented, and monitored yearly strength and condition- 
ing programs for 22 intercollegiate athletic sports. 

Raymond B. Essick III (BS 55; 

MS '58, Kinesiology) of Colorado 
Springs, Colorado, has been named 
to the board of directors of two sports 
and safety organizations: the National 
Swimming Pool Foundation and the 
dfl St**"'.^! ' Colorado Springs Youth Sports Cor- 
V^^k^l poration. For 21 years, Ray was the 

Vi^ executive director of United States 

Swimming, the Olympic and na- 
tional governing body. He came to that position after a ca- 
reer in coaching swimming at New Trier High School, 
Southern Illinois University, and Harvard College. He is 
currently the president and CEO of the Center for Sports 
Leadership, a multi-faceted sports consulting and educational 
corporation, and executive director of USA Table Tennis As- 
sociation. 

Donald Cilkison (BS '60, Kinesiology) recently retired 
from the Olin Corporation of East Alton, Illinois, where he 
served as vice president of administration for the Brass and 
Winchester divisions. Donald was recruited by Olin in 1 960, 
while he was still a student at the University of Illinois. 
Gilkison chaired Alton's 2001 United Way campaign, and is 
active as a volunteer with many community organizations. 

Michael R. Hoadley (MS '80; PhD '82, Community 
Health) was recently named Assistant Vice President for 
Academic Affairs for Technology at Eastern Illinois Univer- 
sity in Charleston, Illinois. In this position, he holds the 
primary responsibility for conceiving and managing the ef- 
fective support of instructional technology. Michael was pre- 
viously with the University of South Dakota, where he was 
professor of health studies in addition to serving as the chair 
of the School of Education's Division of Technology for Train- 
ing and Development. 

Pat Hutson (BS '54, Kinesiology) 
of Englewood, Colorado, has just fin- 
ished her 15 th year of chairing the 
Senior Winter Olympic Games in 
Summit County, Colorado. Pat 
writes, "These are winter racing 
events in alpine skiing, cross-coun- 
try skiing, and ice skating for ages 50 
and up. We average about 1 50 seniors 




from all over the world. The oldest participant this year was 
92 years young. I started running this event upon retiring 
from Littleton Public Schools after teaching there for 26 
years." In the accompanying photo, Pat gives direction 
through a bullhorn to a group of cross-country skiers as they 
begin a race during the Games. 

Robert F. Long (MS 76, Leisure Studies) of Battle Creek, 
Michigan, was recently named the vice president for pro- 
grams at the WK Kellogg Foundation. Long, who has been 
a Kellogg Foundation program director since 1993, will over- 
see the Foundation's Philanthropy and Volunteerism pro- 
gram area. Previously he has served as an area Extension 
advisor and Extension youth development specialist at the 
University of Illinois in Urbana; a youth Extension agent at 
the University of Nevada in Las Vegas; and an endowed pro- 
fessor of youth leadership studies and coordinator of the 
Youth and Human Service Administration at the University 
of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls. Long holds a bachelor's 
degree from Western Illinois University, as well as master's 
and doctoral degrees from the University of Illinois at Ur- 
bana-Champaign. 

Bonnie Noble (BS '65, Leisure 
Studies), Director of Parks and Rec- 
reation for the Peoria Park District, 
was recently awarded the 2001 Ray 
A. Neumann Tri-County Citizen of 
the Year Award. The annual award, 
presented by the Peoria Downtown 
Kiwanis Club, recognizes community 
leadership in the Peoria, Tazewell, and 
Woodford County area. In addition, 
she was recognized as the recipient of the 2002 Peoria Area 
Chamber of Commerce Athena Award, which recognizes out- 
standing achievement by women in business. Bonnie has 
been director of the Peoria Park District since 1992, during 
which time the District has won two National Gold Medal 
Awards and received accreditation as one of the first Illinois 
Distinguished Park Districts. Bonnie has been a catalyst in 
the development of Peoria's riverfront. 

Frank A. Pasquale (BS '61, Ki- 
nesiology) recently assumed the po- 
sition of mayor of the village of 
Bellwood, Illinois, a community lo- 
cated 13 miles west of downtown 
Chicago with a population of 2 1 ,000 
residents. "My office is decorated 
with several pictures and items from 
the University of Illinois," writes 
Frank. "Our residents are well aware 
of my educational background." Prior to his retirement in 
December 2000, Frank was a teacher at Wilbur Wright Com- 
munity College in Chicago. 

Ann Penstone (BS 74, Kinesiology) of Wheeling, Illi- 
nois, is a physical education teacher and golf coach at Hersey 
High School in Arlington Heights. In addition, she serves as 





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spores announcer for the Illinois I Ugh School Association, 
covering .1 variety oi boys and girls sports tor television broad- 
casts. She has been announcing since 1977, where her back- 
ground as a teacher and coach gave her a unique perspective 
on play-by-play telecasts. As Ann said in a recent interview, 
"I'm a high school coach and teacher first, which helps me 
keep it in perspective. This is about kids doing their best. I 
always look to find the positive. It just may be the last time 
they play" Prior to teaching at Hersey High School, Ann 
coached and taught at Buffalo Grove High School, was the 
captain of the U of I girls' softball team, and was a competi- 
tive swimmer. 

Dawn M. Piech (BS ,94, Kinesi- 
ology) of Lombard, Illinois, is cur- 
rently the Senior Burn Physical 
Therapist at the University of Chi- 
cago Hospitals in Chicago, Illinois. 
She received her master's degree in 
physical therapy from Midwestern 

University in Downers Grove, Illinois, in 1997. Since gradu- 
ating she has been an integral part of the Complex Burn and 
Wound Center Team at the University of Chicago Hospi- 
tals. Dawn is a member of the American Burn Association's 
Rehabilitation Committee as well as the Health Policy/ Ad- 
ministrative Section and Acute Care/Hospital Clinical Prac- 
tice Section of the American Physical Therapy Association. 
Additionally, she serves as a member of the Nominating 
Committee of the Illinois Physical Therapy Association and 
as an Assembly Representative for the Illinois Physical 
Therapy Association. U.S. News and World Report has named 
the University of Chicago Hospitals to its prestigious Honor 
Roll of the best hospitals in the United States for the 6th 
year in a row. "My experience at the University of Illinois in 
Urbana prepared me for where I am today," said Dawn of 
her alma mater. "As I always say, being around the best, pre- 
pares you to be the best!" 



Share Your News With Us! 

We take pride in the accomplishments of our alumni and look forward to hearing 
from you. Please share your recent activities (career advancement, honors, publica- 
tions, appointments, etc.) with us. We welcome newspaper clippings, press releases, 
and pictures, too! You may send your information to Office of Development and 
Alumni Relations, 108 Huff Hall, 1206 South Fourth Street, Champaign, Illinois 
61820. Or you may email the information to alumni@als.uiuc.edu 



Paul Reinking (BS '67, Kinesiology) of Kankakee, Illi- 
nois, is currently serving as Director of the PGA of America, 
representing the district that includes Illinois, Indiana, and 
Wisconsin. Since 1975, he has been the Head Professional 
for the Kankakee Country Club. In addition he has twice 
served as president of Illinois Section of the PGA, and spent 
five years as president of the Illinois Junior Golf Association. 




Bridget Shaunessey (BS '02, Kinesiology) and her 
father Kevin pose for a photo at the 2002 ALS Con- 
vocation ceremony on May 1 1 . Over 400 degrees 
were conferred in the ceremony, which was held at 
the Assembly Hall. 



2002 ALS Student/Alumni Career Night 





In the photo on the left, Jennifer Draudt, a junior in Com- 
munity Health, meets with Harold Wimmer (BS '77; MS 
'78, Community Health). Wimmer, who is the CEO of 
the American Lung Association of Illinois-Iowa, was on 
hand to share his experiences in the healthcare field and 
offer advice about career opportunities for graduates. 

In the photo on the right, George Stelmach (BS '61, 
Kinesiology) meets with Emily Richardson, a sophomore 
in Kinesiology. Dr. Stelmach is the director of the Motor 
Control Laboratory at Arizona State University and was 
the keynote speaker of the Student/ Alumni Career night. 



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What: Homecoming pre-game party, College of Applied Life Studies 

When: Saturday, October 26, 2002, 1 1 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

Where: Division of Rehabilitation-Education Services, 1207 S. Oak St., 

Champaign, Illinois (1 block northwest of Memorial Stadium) 
Why: Because it's fun! 



Join alumni, students, and faculty for a festive celebration before the Illinois vs. 
Indiana football game. The party starts at 1 1 a.m. and continues until 1 p.m. 
Box meals are available with advance registration ($8 for adults, $5 for children 
and U of I students). 

For more information and to order meals, call 217/244-6600 or email 
alumni@als.uiuc.edu. Meal orders will be accepted through October 21. 
Football tickets can be ordered by calling 217/333-3470. 




UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS 

HOMECOMING 2002 

OCTOBER 20-27 








Applied Life Studies 

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 

108 Huff Hall 

1 206 South Fourth Street 

Champaign, Illinois 61820 



Non-Profit Org. 
U.S. Postage 

PAID 
Permit No. 75 
Champaign, IL 



Publications Clerk 
(2 Copies) 

Acquisitions Department 
246 Main Library 
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